Baseball: Kiko Garcia Signed to NLI
Nov. 26, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine Baseball Head Coach Steve Rodriguez announced the signing of Kiko Garcia to a National Letter of Intent this week. Garcia is a 6-1 right-handed pitcher hailing from St. Augustine High School in Chula Vista, Calif.
Garcia is the 23rd ranked RHP in California and is in the top 100 overall in the state.
“Kiko will be able to come in and compete for a weekend job as a freshman,” said Rodriguez. “He has competed at the highest levels of amateur baseball since grade school and his ability to command the strike zone is very impressive. Kiko is an incredible student and we expect great things from him in the coming years.”
As a prep standout, Garcia earned All-CIF first team honors, All-Eastern League first team honors and pitched in the 2013 Tournament of Stars for USA Baseball. He was a two-time Perfect Game WWB National Championship All-Tournament selection and was a member of the 14U USA Baseball team, competing in the Pan-American games.
Garcia also has the distinction of being the winning pitcher of the Little League World Series championship game against Chinese Taipei in 2009.
Through three seasons Garcia has amassed a 19-4 record, 2.20 ERA and 153 strikeouts. He also played club ball for the San Diego Show and on both the Red Sox and Royals scout teams.
I really like the coaches, their coaching style, and the playing atmosphere,” said Garcia on why he chose Pepperdine. “I like the way the players treat each other and the strength of the schedule they play. I also like the size and location of the school and its focus on academics. My sister Alexa is in her 2nd year at Pepperdine and has had a great experience.”
Carrying a 4.0 GPA through every semester of high school, Garcia was selected to the San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team and garnered an Academic Letter. He plans on majoring in Economics.